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UMS sets up committee to look into students welfare

0 month ago, 11-Jun-2021

KOTA KINABALU: Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) will continue to emphasise on the welfare of its students even during the Movement Control Order (MCO 3.0) period.

Its vice chancellor, Professor Datuk ChM. Ts. Dr Taufiq Yap Yun Hin said that the universitys Department of Student Affairs (JHEP) will oversee the wellbeing of the students from time to time, just like what they had done during the previous MCOs.

The JHEP and the student leaders have set up a committee for this purpose, he said in a statement on Friday.

He said that the committee would be tasked to manage the donations and assistance from government and non-government organisations as well as the ones from UMS itself.

This includes the Food Bank, which is held every Monday to Thursday to provide food to students living in and outside of the campus.

Taufiq added that the university would also keep an eye on the physical wellbeing of its students.

Those who show symptoms will be sent to the UMS Hospital immediately to undergo Covid-19 tests. This has been our approach since MCO 1.0, he disclosed.

It is understood that the JHEPs counsellors will also check on the mental health of UMS students.

Therefore, there is no need for the parents to worry, Taufiq assured.

He also said that the online classes resume as usual throughout the lockdown period.

As it stands, a total of 4,589 students are currently living at the UMS campuses in Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan and Labuan.

Parents who wish to contact the JHEP to enquire more about the welfare of their children may call 088-320060.

Taufiq also said that UMS through its Occupational Safety and Health Centre (PKKP) has introduced a new set of guidelines to oversee the safety the universitys workers during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Taufiq said that the guidelines were made for the staff and contract workers of UMS.

He said that UMS, through its Covid-19 action centre, would carry out various activities in its bid to strengthen the universitys occupational safety and health system.

This includes a Covid-19 prevention roadshow, updates on daily statistics and inspection of positive cases, Persons Under Investigation (PUI) and Persons Under Surveillance (PUS) in the university, he said in speech during the UMS World Occupational Safety and Health Day opening ceremony, an event that was held virtually.

He disclosed that among others, the university would also inspect the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), hold educational health campaigns on social media and inspect the health declaration of the students.

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